Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-09-12

Doctrine that Dances: Bringing Doctrinal Preaching and Teaching to Life by Samford University's Beeson Divinity School professor Robert Smith, Jr., has claimed its second book of the year award.

The volume was recently named 2008 book of the Year by, which cited the work as an excellent resource "that speaks to the soul of the preacher."

Last spring, the book won Preaching Magazine's Book of the Year honor for 2008.

Dr. Smith, professor of Christian preaching at Beeson, is an ordained Baptist minister, frequent speaker on preaching topics, and a contributing editor of a study of Christian ministry in the African-American church, "Preparing for Christian Ministry." With Beeson dean Dr. Timothy George, he is co-editor of A Mighty Long Journey: Reflections on Racial Reconciliation. 

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.